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HISD Runoff Election Results

The results for the HISD runoff election are in.

Voters picked two new board members with teaching experience in the runoff elections for the Houston school district.

Unofficial results from the Harris County Clerk’s Office show Elizabeth Santos and Sergio Lira are the winners in the runoff elections to help govern the state’s largest school district.

Santos beat Gretchen Himsl to win the District I seat in North Houston and Lira defeated Jesse Rodriguez for the District III seat in Southeast Houston. He will serve out the remaining term of the late Trustee Manuel Rodriguez, which runs through 2019.

Santos attended HISD herself and has spent the last 10 years as a teacher in the district. She was strongly supported by the teacher’s union.

Lira also works in HISD as an assistant principal at Bellaire High School.

The election results mean that six of the nine trustees for HISD have teaching experience.

“Voters sent a clear message on Nov. 7 and tonight that they value the voices of frontline educators and will stand with candidates who embrace community-driven solutions to the challenges that face our schools,” said Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, in a statement.

Santos and Lira will be sworn into office in January.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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